Thoughts on the Gospel for the Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time

Heart Trouble

  "Hear me, all of you and understand.
Nothing that enters one from outside can defile that person;
but the things that come out from within are what defile.

"From within people, from their hearts,
come evil thoughts, unchastity theft, murder,
adultery, greed, malice, deceit,
licentiousness, envy, blasphemy, arrogance, folly.
All these evils come from within and they defile."

Mark 7:14-15   With these words Jesus challenged the Pharisees claim that holiness consisted in strict obedience to the propositions of the Law, 613 in all according to later tradition, that included not only the Great Commandments:  You shall love the Lord your God and your neighbor as yourself, but also minute rules about  the washing of hands and the company one kept.    Our Lord’s point in this ...
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The Prophetic Voice

“We aspire to please Him, for we all must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense, according to what he did in the body, whether good or evil.” -- II Corinthians 5: 8-10 In ...
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Bishops’ Dilemma

  This note is about what might seem to be a Catholic problem.  In fact it is everyman’s problem, for it involves deep questions about the natural law and human agency and integrity.        For the first one ...
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Fathers and Children

Beloved:
See what love the Father has bestowed on us
that we may be called children of God.
Yet so we are.

I John 3:1 For much of the last century fatherhood has been an  endangered vocation. In the popular culture of the twenty-first ...
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The Empire of Freedom

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Eternal Wounds

Thoughts on the Gospel
for
the Third Sunday In Easter But if anyone does sin,
we have an Advocate with the Father,
Jesus Christ the righteous one.
He is expiation for our sins,
and not for our sins only
but for ...
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The Annual Thomas More Lecture

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Christ’s Triumph Remembered

When the great crowd that had come to the feast heard
that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem,
they took palm branches and went out to meet him, and cried out:
“Hosanna!
“Blessed is He who comes in the ...
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What We Believe Is Who We Are

For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,
so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish
but might have eternal life.
For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, ...
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